I'm with you on that particular accident where a truck gets launched via a nice Civic ramp. That said, physics still applies...a compact/small car will always lose when trying absorb the kinetic energy of a much larger truck. The IIHS even backed that up when they completed testing of all the new subcompacts that started arriving a few years ago. They said a Smart car (just an example) will always suffer significantly more damage in a collision vs a Suburban.
Originally Posted by smokingcrater
Do trucks rollover more? Absolutely, and I would agree that there will be more injuries if that happens. I think both arguments are 100% valid...the outcomes of either vehicle (and occupants) will depend greatly on the specific parameters of each accident.
On topic regarding the Forrester towing a boat over its rated weight capacity:
I think there is a major flaw in the OP's logic...the HUGE assumption that a UK Forrester (which is rated at a tow capacity of 4800 lbs) is built exactly the same as a US Forrester. I have towed with my Kia minivan, rated at 3500 lbs, at its max capacity, and the same boat & gear with my truck, rated to tow 8000 lbs. Both did fine, however, the boat & minivan combo, you could definitely feel the tail wagging the dog, and my brake rotors warped b/c of the heat...so it definitely was at its limit. (And if rotors are warping from the heat, it was over its limit...)
IF they are, then yes, it might be Subaru attempting to reduce liability in the US. (Kind of begs the question of why he's so eager to increase his personal liability, no only in $$ but his family's safety...)
Regardless, its his decision, and I truly do respect it. My only thought is this...the Brit's tend to be pretty uptight about their car's safety reg's as well, so I would think that if the Forrester was marginal at towing 4800 lbs it wouldn't be rated for it. That leads me to believe that their could be differences in the cars (say upgraded brakes, or something) that makes the US version less likely to be able to tow it.
Anyway, I wish you the best of luck.
BTW...if you're talking about a 3 mile trip to the local lake on flat terrain going 30 mph...then yeah, I'd tow with it too...